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Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!
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by Scott Weinberg

"Awesome; I Fuckin' Loved That!"
5 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2006 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: I've been to three Beastie Boys concerts in my day, the first one from their inaugural "Licensed to Ill" tour in which they headlined with Run DMC in 1987. I've also worn out three copies of their "Paul's Boutique" CD, memorized practically every one of their wonderfully arcane lyrics, and purchased their Criterion Collection DVD as gifts for three different friends. Next to Led Zepplin and The Beatles, they're the finest band to ever take a stage. Clearly I'm a big freakin' fan. So trust me when I say this: "Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!" is the next best thing to see the Boys in person, and in some ways it's even better.

So what makes Awesome different than your normal, run-of-the-mill, point & shoot concert movie? Well, the gimmick is this: For one particularly raucous concert at Madison Square Garden, the Beastie Boys decided to loan out 50 Hi-Def cameras to random concert-goers before offering the following instructions: "Film what you want." The resulting footage was then edited together by director Nathaniel Hornblower (aka Beastie Boy Adam Yauch) to deliver a final product that some may (fairly) dimiss as "hyper-edited to the point of epilepsy" -- but I suspect that the hardcore Beastie fans will devour this flick with two greedy fists and come up begging for more.

Oh sure, any worthwhile concert film will give you clean audio, commendable video work, and a solid handful of "greatest hits" material, but rare is the concert flick that will make you feel like you're part of the crowd. And Awesome goes even further than that, using a hyper-kinetic editing style and special camera effects that give the funky baselines and mega-ill rhymes that extra dose of B-boy oomph.

Recommended almost exclusively to the "already fans," Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! is a 90-minute Beastie Bash that had me tapping my toes, stomping my feet, and mouthing along to the lyrics like a true-blue Grand Royal geek. (The people near me in the screening probably wanted to wring my neck, but oh well.)

My opinion of this unique, exciting, and rowdily refreshing concert flick may be influenced by the fact that I simply L-O-V-E the band ... but really; who else was this movie made for except for the old-school Beastie faithful?

Track list:

Mix Master Mike Intro
Triple Trouble
Sure Shot
Root Down
Hello Brooklyn
Time to Get Ill
All Lifestyles
Pass the Mic
Shake Your Rump
MMM Interlude
Ricky's Theme
Something's Got to Give
Open Letter to NYC
Right Right Now Now
Paul Revere
Body Movin'
Three MCs and One DJ
Brass Monkey
So What'cha Want
Ch-Ch-Check It Out

And no, they don't play "Fight For Your Right to Party," and if that's the track you're looking for, dare I say this movie's probably not for you.

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User Comments

4/30/08 eyedea fucking rocked!! 5 stars
12/12/06 William Goss Even as a passive fan, a relentless blast of a concert film. 4 stars
3/31/06 Elisa G. Rather good actually. F***in' flippin'. 5 stars
3/30/06 Pootytang I've seen this film twice and looking forward to seeing it the 5th time. 5 stars
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  31-Mar-2006 (R)
  DVD: 25-Jul-2006



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